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284 Ratings

Dead End

Directed by William Wyler
United States, 1937
Crime, Drama, Film noir


Adapted by Lillian Hellman from Sidney Kingsley’s Broadway play, Dead End concerns itself with several denizens of New York’s East River district. Here the elite and the slum-dwellers rub shoulders due to the close proximity of the riverfront tenements with the East Side luxury hotels.

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Dead End Directed by William Wyler

Critics reviews

Bogart’s role in Dead End was an early high point on his way to tough-guy immortality; Dead End is drastically underrated these days for being set-bound, but it is beautifully so, with impeccable compositions and cinematographer Gregg Toland’s poetic use of the street’s changing light.
December 01, 2017
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Wyler, who’s referred to by Martin Scorsese as being “perhaps the most honored director in Hollywood history,” was known for his solid filmmaking, and DEAD END is indeed a solid film, with exceptional performances and notable cinematography by Gregg Toland.
February 05, 2016
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